National Arts Fundraising School | The Emcees | Awards for Excellence in Fundraising 2020

The Emcees were set up in 2016 by =mc consulting (the team behind the National Arts Fundraising School) to recognise and celebrate excellence in arts and culture fundraising. Every year we help to identify and publicise the extraordinary job many fundraisers do — from development directors to volunteer Board members. High achieving projects receive an award — and often valuable support in kind from one of our sponsors.

The awards normally take place in a central London venue in May each year. This year we’re delighted to announce they will take place online as part of the Cultural Fundraising Everywhere Festival, provisionally set for 18th August 2020.

The process for the awards follows a simple format: an open call for nominations will be made in early June, followed by a shortlisting process by a changing panel of independent experts. The shortlisted nominees are announced and invited to a glamorous awards event where the winners (again decided by our experts) are announced.

There are various categories you can enter in including: best corporate engagement; most supporter centred appeal; successful innovative approach; best large scale £100K plus campaign; best small scale campaign under £100K. And more.

Winning applications show strong evidence of having:

  • a supporter-centred approach
  • a strong underlying strategy
  • an innovative or creative approach to engaging prospects and supporters

Questions, or want to register your interest? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to answer any queries you have about the nominations process or the event. Call Sophie Civardi on +44 (0)7843 132 032 or email

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